ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Hardaway came up with a new temper
tantrum twist: a television toss.
Orlando's Tracy McGrady looks for an opening between Denver's Antonio McDyess, left, and Calbert Cheaney.
Hardaway was ejected with 7:20 left in the third quarter after
picking up his second technical foul as the Nuggets lost 124-102
Friday night to the Orlando Magic.
As he left the court, the Nuggets guard picked up a courtside
monitor used by the Magic's television announcers and threw it.
The monitor bounced around without breaking apart before coming
to a stop just outside of the center circle. Orlando's Darrell
Armstrong brought the crowd to its feet again when he picked up the
monitor, brought it back where it belonged and plugged it in.
"I was mad," Hardaway said. "I kept getting fouled and
nothing was done. Armstrong was all over me all night. I was
thinking of throwing a TV. I was in the right frame of mind."
After the game, Hardaway and Armstrong autographed the monitor,
which will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Orlando
Magic Youth Foundation.
"We continue to do the worst thing we can do and that's turn
the ball over," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "They converted 33
points off turnovers tonight."
Juwan Howard was held to only two second-half points yet still
led the Nuggets with 20 points.
"Orlando is still playing for a playoff spot," said Denver's
George McCloud. "Tracy is terrific. He can handle, he can shoot
and every night he's going to get his points."
Orlando outscored Denver 31-19 in the fourth quarter.
"Maybe we should sponsor a television throw for our next
game," said Orlando coach Doc Rivers. "It was obviously the most
exciting thing to happen in the game. Darrell and Tim were going at
it all game, they both talk and Darrell can get under your skin."
"Tim got the last word in though. It was pretty original."
Orlando held a 64-58 advantage at the half thanks in part to 12
Denver turnovers. The Magic had three players score in double
figures in the first half, McGrady had 19 points, Hudson scored 14
and Monty Williams added 12.
Howard led Denver with 18 points. Antonio McDyess added 12 for
the Nuggets. Denver outrebounded the Magic 25-10 in the first half.
"I wasn't happy with the way we played in the first half,"
said Rivers. "We didn't seem to play defense. For a while, I
thought McDyess and Howard weren't going to miss a shot."
In his first 10 games with the Nuggets, Howard has averaged
20.7 points and 8.5 rebounds. He has led the Nuggets in scoring six
times. ... McGrady has scored 137 points in the Magic's past four
games, including a career-high 50-point effort against the Wizards
March 8. ... Hudson, who will be a free agent at the end of the
season, has come off the bench to score 20 or more points seven
times this season. ... The Nuggets are a dismal 1-30 this season
when allowing their opponents to score 99 points or more.